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WORKERS with disabilities face plenty of challenges finding appropriate and satisfying employment, but dreams of finding a fitness program to suit can be even more elusive.

Personal training specialist Jeremy Marriott is one person keen to solve this problem for city workers with disabilities or particular debilitating conditions.

Mr Marriott, who has been a personal trainer for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and their families, since 1993, has recently brought his skills into the CBD area.

“Lots of people with disabilities, or parents of children with disabilities, work in the city,” Mr Marriott said.

His business, Progress Personal Training offers all the usual assessment, planning and development components of any regular fitness program, both onsite and from Active8 Paragon Health and Fitness Club’s premises.

Mr Marriott said programs could be tailored for a comprehensive range of disabilities, from hearing and sight impairment, to those requiring wheelchair support.

His own recent experience had included training programs for a visually impaired Sydney Paralympics 2000 gold medallist, a three-year-old with spina bifida, and a 67-year-old recovering from bowel cancer and a stroke.

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